Hong Kong Makes First Arrests Under China’s New National Security In The City


Hong Kong Makes First Arrests Under China’s New National Security In The City

Forty days after the Chinese government said it would pass a national security law for Hong Kong, that legislation is now in force — and the effects are already being felt.

As people came out to protest the new legislation, Hong Kong police made the first arrests under the new law, including a man who was holding a black independence flag, and soon afterward a woman with a sign reading “Hong Kong Independence.

There has been a considerable amount of confusion over what the new law will mean for Hong Kongers — it was drafted almost entirely in secret, via closed-door meetings in Beijing that even Hong Kong’s leader, Carrie Lam, was not a part of.

The law will broaden the powers of local and mainland authorities to investigate, prosecute and punish dissenters; and criminalizes “acts of secession, subversion of state power, terrorist activities, and collusion with foreign or external forces to endanger national security.” The maximum sentence given for four main crimes — secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign forces — is life imprisonment. (📸: Hong Kong police)

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